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Bush Center Briefing: April 2017

April 10, 2017
This month's issue of the bi-monthly Bush Center Briefing takes a look at trade deficits, addressing AIDS relief through PEPFAR in Africa, and why accountability in absenteeism matters for student success.

This issue of the bi-monthly Bush Center Briefing was emailed to subscribers on April 7, 2017. Subscribe today to receive this update in your inbox.


A year has almost passed since I joined the George W. Bush Presidential Center as President and CEO last May. During that time, I have been more than impressed about the quality and focus of the Bush Center's work and its people. Just since our last Bush Canter Briefing in early February, we have accomplished a great deal:

We've unveiled Portraits of Courage, President Bush"s new book and the accompanying special exhibit of his paintings of wounded warriors. We launched the Veteran Employment Transition Roadmap with the U.S. Chamber and created the Warrior Wellness Alliance to help post-9/11 vets get connected to the best possible care for their invisible wounds. In addition, we presented an unprecedented study on the impact of global first ladies. In our continued work on outreach to the public, we held an Engage event headlined by Christopher Jackson from the Broadway hit, Hamilton, and published the winter issue of The Catalyst, asking the post-election question: What Happens Now?

This week, President and Mrs. Bush led a trip to Africa, where they and Bush Center leaders highlighted the work of the First Ladies Initiative and our Pink Ribbon Red Ribbon affiliate, which engages in screening and prevention of cervical and breast cancer throughout Africa. Also this week, our 2017 Presidential Leadership Scholars class met at the William J. Clinton Presidential Library in Little Rock. And on April 19, we will feature author Bill Browder at our Engage series, where he will talk about his harrowing, real-life experiences in Russia.

The last 12 months have been full of impressive work by our outstanding team of dedicated professionals and thought leaders, and I look forward to the next 12 months as we pursue our goals of developing leaders, advancing policy, and taking action to help solve today's most pressing problems. I thank you for your interest in our important work and your engagement with the Bush Center

-- Kenneth Hersh, President and CEO of the George W. Bush Presidential Center



 To some, America's trade deficit shows that our economy is failing. By this flawed logic, America is a chump because our market is open while we let other countries limit our access to their markets. Matthew Rooney, director of the Bush Institute's Economic Growth Initiative, explains that, fortunately for America, this way of looking at our trade balance is almost entirely wrong.

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Today, World Health Day, is an appropriate reminder why we should stay the course with effective development programs like the President's Emergency Plan for AIDS Relief. PEPFAR has created more stable societies by saving millions of lives around the world from HIV/AIDS. Its success has helped programs like the Bush Institute-affiliated Pink Ribbon Red Ribbon fight diseases like cervical cancer. Follow along to learn more about President and Mrs. Bush's trip to Africa to highlight these programs.
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Missing just 10% of school days - excused or not - puts students at risk to fall behind academically. Unfortunately, this problem affects districts across the nation. Federal data shows that 13% of all students - 6.5 million children in total - were chronically absent in the 2013-14 school year. To take on this challenge, the George W. Bush Institute's Education Reform Initiative has convened a working group to present ways school districts and even mayors can curb chronic absenteeism.
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Celebrate Easter at Café 43, the Bush Center's full-service restaurant, and enjoy a limited-edition holiday menu featuring classics like bourbon and brown butter glazed ham, as well as green chile and bacon mac ‘n’ cheese and specialty cocktails. Make your reservation today at 214.200.4302 or online at opentable.com.
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PEOPLE | Africa Photo Album Puts Faces to Message: "Every Life Matters"

Remarks by President Bush at Windhoek Central Hospital

A Role Without a Rulebook: The Influence and Leadership of Global First Ladies

The Influence and Leadership of Global First Ladies

First Ladies Highlight a New Era for Afghan Women

Women in Leadership: Q&A with Holly Kuzmich, Executive Director of the George W. Bush Institute

Warrior Wellness Alliance: Addressing the Invisible Wounds of War

Military Service Initiative Resources

Reuters | Former U.S. President Bush Touts Signature Africa AIDS Program in Botswana

Dallas Morning News | First Ladies Compare Notes in Joint Bush Institute Appearance

The Essentials of Making Presidential Decisions: A Q&A with Keith Hennessey

Fox News | Eric Shawn Reports: The Bush Mission Continues

Fox News | Eric Shawn Reports: The Bush Institute Helping Vets

Task & Purpose | George W Bush Opens Up About Veterans, Iraq, and The Healing Power of Art

San Antonio Express-News | How the White House Can Better Focus on Veterans Needs

Ft. Lauderdale Sun-Sentinel | Washington Needs to Take on Entitlement Programs

TIME | George W. Bush Discusses His New Book of Oil Paintings

Ellen Degeneres Show | President Bush's Powerful Veteran Portraits

Jimmy Kimmel Live! | FULL INTERVIEW with President George W. Bush

PEOPLE | George W. Bush Paints Love Letters to the Men and Women He Sent to War: ‹I Think About Their Troubles and Their Joys›

Dallas Morning News | Painting Veterans George W. Bush's Way to Give Back: "I Was Just So Honored to Be Their Commander-In-Chief"